Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Modular Home 
Design Challenge 2021

A house isn’t always a home and a home isn’t always a house. The concept of a home is both universal and distinctly unique to each individual person and each culture from every part of the world. From big cities to small towns to tiny rural villages, each culture is influenced by its own history, politics, economy, and resources in how they define a home. That being said, there are a few common traits of an ideal home that we can all aspire to.



The concept of a home is both universal and distinctly unique to each individual person and each culture from every part of the world. 

The Modular Home Design Challenge 2021 is the first in a series of annual competitions focusing on the concept of modular architecture. As one of the most versatile forms of design, modular architecture offers creative, efficient, and sustainable solutions when designing homes and living spaces. Operating either as a building block that is part of an integrated system, or as a stand-alone entity, modular construction breaks from traditional built projects and allows novel designs to be realised.



Modular architecture offers creative, efficient, and sustainable solutions when designing homes and living spaces.

For this competition, participants are tasked with designing a modular home that can be constructed in any form or layout. The modular home can be set in a location of their choice, either rural, urban, or suburban. The jury will be looking for design concepts that show a critical analysis of what a home is and could be in an increasingly interconnected and technology-driven world.



Participants are tasked with designing a modular home that can be constructed in any form or layout.
 
This is the first competition in an annual competition series and is being launched in combination with an essay competition on the same topic. As winning entries will be featured in the next edition of ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ ‘Modular Architecture’ publication, those designs that are the most innovative and inspiring will be favoured.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

Prizes

6,000 € + Publication in Book
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:

The winners: 

- get international art and design media coverage 
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders website
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders social pages 
- will be included in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS “What is Modular Architecture?” print publication.


CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Ben van Berkel

Founder and Principle of UNStudio, Netherlands

Chris Precht

Co-Founder of Studio Precht, Austria

Camino Alonso, Carlos Alonso and Ignacio Lechón

founded ÁBATON Arquitectura, Spain

Mathew Aitchison

Interim CEO of Building 4.0 Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Australia

Sarah Broadstock

architect at Studio Bark, UK

Enrico De Lotto

co-founder of Mandalaki , Italy

George Kolliopoulos

co-founder of Mandalaki , Italy

Inés Olavarrieta

architect and designer at selgascano, Spain

Ivan Rupnik

founder MOD X, Associate Professor of Architecture at Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design, USA

Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz

Chief Executive Officer at DMDmodular Ltd, Poland

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

07 July, 2021

Closing date for project submission

01 September, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

13 October, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    22 April - 07 July
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    80 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

 

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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

No specific site has been selected for this competition.
You may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author and the project presentation materials are original and have not been published before.
This project has no set budget.
For the Modular Home Design Challenge 2021 architecture competition, participants are asked to submit designs for a single home.
The size requirements refer to a size of a single module/block for deliverability purposes (fit the size of a standard truck/lorry). You may propose solutions where the modules/blocks are combined in a larger structures at the constructions site.
There are no limits set for the number of the floors.
The size of the module refers to its outline as it must fit in the standard size truck/lorry for the transportation purposes.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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